Need to know
A trio of houses, each owned by a host family and occupying a different part of Sikkim (you’ll experience each of the three outposts on your itinerary). Two of the houses have three bedrooms; one has two.
5pm (flexible, subject to availability). Earliest check-in, 8am. Unsurprisingly, things aren’t minute-strict here.
Double rooms from $1368.42, excluding tax at 4.5 per cent.
Rates usually include all meals, soft drinks, transfers, trips, walks and cookery classes.
If you like Shakti Sikkim Village Walk, have a gander at the brand’s other outposts in Kumaon and Ladakh.
The three houses close every year between May and September annually (dates vary annually, in accordance with the weather).
At the hotel
Kitchen; living/dining room. In rooms: working fireplace; kettle; SOS Organics bath products.Kitchen; living/dining room. In rooms: working fireplace; kettle; SOS Organics bath products.
Our favourite rooms
Each of the houses has its own distinct character and setting. Sangdyang Lee and Radhu Khandu have three bedrooms; the house at Hee has two bedrooms. All three are very simple, though the bathrooms are pleasingly modern and have hot showers and a tempting stash of organic bath products (shampoo, conditioner, soap, apricot cream and a body butter from a shop in Kumaon called SOS Organics). The woollen fabrics are made in the Himalayas.
Whatever you bring will be added to your load (or your poor porters’), so go easy on the fripperies.
Adventurous little Smiths aged three and above are invited; they can join the village walks, too (one of the friendly porters might even give them a piggyback). Beyond board games, Shakti doesn’t have family-friendly flourishes.
Shakti Sikkim Village Walks’ three houses were built by local craftsmen using sustainable local materials. The activities programme champions hiking, village walks, nature walks and trips to wildlife reserves. Shakti also helps out with sanitation projects; its bath products are locally made and organic.